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Definition 1: take vengeance on or get even - [verb of competition]

Samples where pay back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We'll get them!
  • That'll fix him good!
  • This time I got him

Synonyms for pay back in the sense of this definition

(pay back is a kind of ...) take revenge or even out a score

"I cannot accept the defeat--I want to get even"

(pay back has a similar meaning as ...) make a compensation for

"a favor that cannot be paid back"

Definition 2: act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for pay back in the sense of this definition

(pay back is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

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